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2020 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft, Five Rounds With Commentary (from the 1.03 Spot)

Air Date:
July 17, 2020

For a 12 day stretch/series, I’m going to do a five round Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft from each of the #1-12 spots and publish them one each day with some basic commentary – just to show the direction I’ve been seeing/advising on 2020 Dynasty Rookie Drafts.

Of course, my primary goal in the 2020 DRD is to trade my 1st-round pick for a king’s ransom or just a better existing player or packaging up the later 1st-round pick (#3 or 4-12) + player that I want to deal away in exchange for a bigger player I’m desiring. Be that as it may…with this exercise I’m just going to go through and make my picks as if I have to and I’ll explain why.

Many/most of the mock DRDs will look similar after round #1, I assume, but we’ll see. I’ll be using FantasyPros’s mock draft tool and thus working with their ‘expert rankings’ + system for mocks.

My plan in each pick scenario is basically…

1st-round plan = best available (if you’re forcing me to pick), but I’m not really interested in the prospects (for now/2020 valuation) after the 1.02 pick (so, disliking 1.03/1.04 on)…after CEH and Jon Taylor go, I could care less about this 2020 DRD, in as far as making picks.  

I’ll be making picks mostly on a ‘best available’ basis, and I’ll explain why/what I did what I did when I make the pick.

2nd-round plan = Bryan Edwards is my main target, but he’ll be gone after #17-20 in most DRDs. I will likely/potentially pick Edwards late 1st-round in many instances if I fear/know I won’t get him 2nd-round…depends on what is left at the later 1st-round spots.

I’m also eyeing Zack Moss and Josh Kelley as options after Edwards, especially where I own Devin Singletary (as I do, a lot). Chase Claypool is my fallback 2nd-round pick (whom I love, but don’t like his value vs. trading out of the 2nd-round…I can go get Claypool in October or Jan. 2021).

3rd-round plan = I really despise the draft from here on in, but not so much if Moss or Kelley, or Chase Claypool falls to me (as is happening more and more with Claypool). I am looking at flyers like Justin Herbert, Lynn Bowden, or mostly Devin Duvernay (whom I love but HATE this landing spot). I could go Jalen Hurts as well…he’s the one guy from here on if he HAS to start…he’s a ‘1’ at his position (QB1).

4th-round plan = More flyers…my favorites are Jalen Hurts, or I might go Joe Reed as a WR prospect who might convert to RB, and his RB physical profile is sweet.

5th-round plan = Joe Reed is great. I could also take a flyer on RBs like Mike Warren, James Robinson, and Raymond Calais. Robinson is growing on me especially where I have Leonard Fournette investment.

6th-round plan = Usually, always available is TE Colby Parkinson…unless you play in a league with other FFM/CFMers.

With that base plan, let’s let ‘er rip and go through 12 mock DRDs in 12 days…



2020 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft, Five Rounds With Commentary (from the 1.03 Spot)

 

1st-Round (pick 1.03)

Now, I hate this Dynasty Rookie Draft. From 1.03 on is a nightmare of bad value unless Jonathan Taylor happens to fall there, which is rare but occasionally happens…let’s hope so here.

If it doesn’t, and I’m stuck with making this pick…I would make it to take the player I could trade for the most value – which would be (today) Dobbins-Lamb-Jeudy-Swift-Akers in some order. I will pick Dobbins because I think he is a talent and hoping something happens to push him to the #1 spot for BAL right away, but I really don’t want to hold onto him for two years splitting with Mark Ingram and battling Lamar Jackson for rushing TDs…and in a kinda barren PPR land of Baltimore/Lamar for the RB. So, Dobbins will be my pick the next few pick scenarios (if he’s there).

Let me hit the button and see if I get lucky with Taylor not taken 1.02…

No luck. Taylor went #2. So, JKD it is!

 

1.1 C. Edwards-Helaire

1.2 Jonathan Taylor

1.3 J.K. Dobbins

1.4 D'Andre Swift

1.5 CeeDee Lamb

1.6 Jerry Jeudy

1.7 Cam Akers

1.8 Justin Jefferson

1.9 Jalen Reagor

1.10 Joe Burrow

1.11 Henry Ruggs III

1.12 Denzel Mims

 

2nd-Round (pick 2.03)

Typical script here into the 2nd-round…looking for Bryan Edwards, and he’s here. Might not be as much in a few picks but is now and we’ll happily take him.

Going into the 3rd-round hoping something nice falls, but usually I’m getting/taking Devin Duvernay or fallen Chase Claypool…sometimes Josh Kelley can fall to early 3rd-round depending upon your league.

 

2.1 Tee Higgins

2.2 M. Pittman

2.3 Bryan Edwards

2.4 Zack Moss

2.5 Brandon Aiyuk

2.6 Ke'Shawn Vaughn

2.7 Tua Tagovailoa

2.8 A.J. Dillon

2.9 L. Shenault

2.10 Justin Herbert

2.11 Darrynton Evans

2.12 Antonio Gibson

 

 

3rd-Round (pick 3.03)

Happy day, Joshua Kelley did fall…so, we’ll jump on that. When in doubt over two similar/desired options – you take the RB for fantasy valuation purposes...because people are so hysterical about RBs.

4th-round is typically my Jalen Hurts pick, but let’s see if anything interesting opens up to me.

 

3.1 A. McFarland

3.2 Chase Claypool

3.3 Joshua Kelley

3.4 Tyler Johnson

3.5 KJ Hamler

3.6 Cole Kmet

3.7 Devin Duvernay

3.8 A. Gandy-Golden

3.9 Lynn Bowden Jr.

3.10 Eno Benjamin

3.11 Van Jefferson

3.12 Lamical Perine

 

 

 

4th-Round (pick 4.04)

Hurts is there, but when I start picking #5 on in scenarios, he won’t be. I’ll have to consider him 3rd-round in drafts to come…if I really want him – and I’m not absolute on him that I would. I like the player, a lot, but I don’t like the waiting game situation for Hurts behind Wentz.

We head to the last round of this mock, which is usually Colby Parkinson by default…but let’s see…

 

4.1 DeeJay Dallas

4.2 Jacob Eason

4.3 Jalen Hurts

4.4 D. Peoples-Jones

4.5 Adam Trautman

4.6 Devin Asiasi

4.7 Jordan Love

4.8 Brycen Hopkins

4.9 Quintez Cephus

4.10 Albert Okwuegbunam

4.11 Collin Johnson

4.12 Jason Huntley

 

 

 

5th-Round (pick 5.04)

I have a Joe Reed option here, but he has a lot of barriers to get to a role in a bad Anthony Lynn offense (which worries me on Kelley too, but Kelley is Lynn’s kinda guy)…with one last pick, I’ll take Parkinson (per usual)

 

5.1 Dalton Keene

5.2 Harrison Bryant

5.3 Colby Parkinson

5.4 Hunter Bryant

5.5 Isaiah Hodgins

5.6 Gabriel Davis

5.7 Thaddeus Moss

5.8 Jake Fromm

5.9 Darnell Mooney

5.10 Joe Reed

5.11 James Proche

5.12 John Hightower

 

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TOTAL DRAFT

 

1.1 C. Edwards-Helaire

1.2 Jonathan Taylor

1.3 J.K. Dobbins

1.4 D'Andre Swift

1.5 CeeDee Lamb

1.6 Jerry Jeudy

1.7 Cam Akers

1.8 Justin Jefferson

1.9 Jalen Reagor

1.10 Joe Burrow

1.11 Henry Ruggs III

1.12 Denzel Mims

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2.1 Tee Higgins

2.2 M. Pittman

2.3 Bryan Edwards

2.4 Zack Moss

2.5 Brandon Aiyuk

2.6 Ke'Shawn Vaughn

2.7 Tua Tagovailoa

2.8 A.J. Dillon

2.9 L. Shenault

2.10 Justin Herbert

2.11 Darrynton Evans

2.12 Antonio Gibson

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3.1 A. McFarland

3.2 Chase Claypool

3.3 Joshua Kelley

3.4 Tyler Johnson

3.5 KJ Hamler

3.6 Cole Kmet

3.7 Devin Duvernay

3.8 A. Gandy-Golden

3.9 Lynn Bowden Jr.

3.10 Eno Benjamin

3.11 Van Jefferson

3.12 Lamical Perine

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4.1 DeeJay Dallas

4.2 Jacob Eason

4.3 Jalen Hurts

4.4 D. Peoples-Jones

4.5 Adam Trautman

4.6 Devin Asiasi

4.7 Jordan Love

4.8 Brycen Hopkins

4.9 Quintez Cephus

4.10 Albert Okwuegbunam

4.11 Collin Johnson

4.12 Jason Huntley

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5.1 Dalton Keene

5.2 Harrison Bryant

5.3 Colby Parkinson

5.4 Hunter Bryant

5.5 Isaiah Hodgins

5.6 Gabriel Davis

5.7 Thaddeus Moss

5.8 Jake Fromm

5.9 Darnell Mooney

5.10 Joe Reed

5.11 James Proche

5.12 John Hightower

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